Established in 1885, the barefoot mail route ran between Palm Beach and Miami, Florida, until 1892. A group known as the "Barefoot Mailmen" traveled the 68-mile route -- 28 miles by water and 40 along the sand. Before 1885, this route required steamboat and rail service, taking two months to deliver a letter. The barefoot route shortened that time to one week.
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